I just stumbled on this PDF map of the entire US national trail system produced by the forest service. Now if I can only stop drooling…
June 9, 2008
February 23, 2008
January 28, 2008
These maps have been public for a while from the Perry-Castañeda Library of the University of Texas at Austinj, but this Google-map index of them make finding the one you need much easier.
(Via Free Geography Tools)
January 8, 2008
You can get free blank maps for lots of places around the world, unhindered by copyright.
(Via The Map Room)
October 15, 2007
A Map Room post about an upcoming documentary on Peter Arno got me curious enough to visit ODTMaps.com, a place that challenges the ways we represent our world. It was intriguing enough to get me to the documentary previews.
September 21, 2007
Mostly for myself: a nice script that displays all of Google’s map icons. They’ve added some nice ones.
September 13, 2007
Tom Dilts has illustrated beyond a doubt where the best places in the US for climbing are. Now we need them for each season!
August 31, 2007
The Google Maps API and GeoNames are two of the most potentially useful web services for outdoor stuff, and the SOLMETRA PHP library makes use of both – something I need to check out.
June 18, 2007
It took outdoor enthusiasts in Boulder County 10 years to get a land ownership and trail map of their trail-wealthy county produced in cooperation with government agencies. I wonder how many other communities want something like this but are unable to bring together the required resources?
June 8, 2007
This site has some interesting outdoor stuff, including digital panoramas from some selected peaks with other visible peaks labeled by name and distance.
(Via Free Geography Tools)
May 23, 2007
The new Google feature for driving directions might be good for bike tour routes, keeping you off big highways. Shoulder width is probably not considered, I’m guessing.
May 2, 2007
Looks like a visit to Sydney, Australia provides a climber with a wide variety of locales.
April 25, 2007
April 16, 2007
The new “outdoor trips” layer in Google Earth has led me to trimbleoutdoors.com. This company is selling navigation tools for cellphones, and compiling an outdoor trips database. Not huge yet, but seems to be good quality.
April 5, 2007
Google has again managed to generate impressive buzz with it’s new “My Maps” feature at Google Maps. I happy to see it, because I hope it will save me from having to write a map editor for my software. Instead I just import a KML file, which can be created or edited with Google’s tools.
April 4, 2007
This has been brewing for a while, and now you can officially download oodles of map data at GeoGratis. I found topos in the CanMatrix data set.
Via The Map Room
March 15, 2007
A nice howto from Free GeoTools with instructions for downloading National Forest topos that are more recent than the standard USGS quads.
March 9, 2007
These are not available as Web Mapping Service (by a long shot), but Free GeoTools tells us where to download the images.
March 8, 2007
I haven’t tried it yet, but GPS Tracks has nice, simple, utilitarian interface for uploading and viewing GPX files on a Google map.
March 5, 2007
This is a nice outdoor activity mashup for Southwestern Pennsylvania. Quite useful if you live there, I’d imagine.
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